Monday, February 28, 2011

Bench to Nowhere: The Parking Olympics

A Cool Town Toon

Related post: Parking by A. Reader

Graduation, a bitter-sweet afair

After six straight weeks of peeing on the floor of the PetSmart training area, Suki was set to graduate from puppy school, Saturday afternoon. All she had to do was pass her finals, which she did with flying colors. Fortunately, they didn't hold the peeing against her and she was awarded a diploma. She will do graduate work in staying for long periods of time while her owners wander off around the store.

After photos, the pups said goodbye to each other in a nipping, snarling ball of confusion and went their separate ways. Suki will miss Charlie the golden lab, Nacho the American bulldog, and Max the miniature doberman, but maybe she will see them again at the dog park in Xenia. Who knows what life has in store for them or when their paths might cross again?

Rocky & Pee Wee: Well, well, well...

Social Media Expert at Chamber

Chamber of Commerce Success Seminar
March 17, 9:00-10:00 am; Bryan Center A&B

Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool

Join us as we discuss how Social Media can become one of your best marketing tools. We will be led in the discussion by David Bowman, a professional marketer from an agency in Dayton. The Chamber will also be rolling out our 2011 Marketing Plan at the end of the seminar.

As Chief Marketing Strategist for Penny / Ohlmann / Neiman in Dayton, David uses his knowledge of business strategy, passion for creative expression, and skills of communication to help people achieve the remarkable. He believes that Marketing is both art and science - using the uniquely human gifts of creativity and analytical thinking to deliver something of value to our world. It is his philosophy that great marketing is about examining society, understanding the dynamic wants and needs of human beings, gauging strengths and weaknesses, consistently building trust, and crafting stories that resonate deep within people's hearts and minds. David attended college at Wright State University and University of Dayton.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bench to Nowhere: Puppy Yoga

A Cool Town Toon

Yoga Springs celebrates 7th with "Free Yoga Day"

Free Day of Yoga, Saturday, March 5

Yoga Springs Studio is celebrating their Seventh Anniversary. They are offering a Free Day of Yoga, Saturday, March 5, 2011, to thank their students and welcome new ones. Two classes will be held every hour on the hour starting at 9am. Between classes enjoy a cup of tea, birthday cake and conversation. Come celebrate yoga style!

Free Yoga Day Schedule of classes Saturday, March 5, 2011

Front Studio-Surya (sun)

9am- Slow Flow-gentle- Carmen

10am- Hatha Flow level 2-Tanja

11am- Hatha Yoga level 1&2-Monica

12- Yoga for Stiffs level 1-Bob

1pm- Anusara level 2-Neenah

2pm- Yoga & Meditation level 1&2-Joyce Reena

Back Studio Chandra (moon)

9am- Ashtanga level 2-Molly

10am- Yoga 101-Larisa

11am- Yoga for Women Midlife-Genise

12- Hatha Yoga Level 2/3 Monica

1pm- Yin Yoga level 1- Jovana

2pm- Hatha Yoga level 1-Marcia

About Yoga Springs Studio

Yoga Springs Studio is a sacred space for growth, sharing and community located in the healing village of Yellow Springs, Ohio . They have two beautiful classrooms filled with natural light, hardwood floors, and equipped with yoga props, a lounge for students to gather before and after class and yoga boutique. Their experienced teachers offer classes and workshops for all levels in a variety of traditions.

Yoga Springs Studio offers over 20 classes a week ranging from Beginner to intermediate. The experienced instructors have diverse backgrounds and training, which allows for a variety of classes. They are a Registered Yoga School and offer 200-hour teacher training program and host Master Teachers.

Yoga Springs seems to ooze Zen bliss with its wood floors tucked inside a 100-yr old building Robin McMacken, Dayton Daily News

Yoga Springs Studio was recently featured in the Dayton Daily News Healthy Living section and live on FOX 45 TV highlighting the benefits of Couples Yoga.

Student Quotes:

"I’ll give up my cable TV before I give up yoga classes."

"Yoga Springs Studio is a beautiful, serene space that is just the right size - not too big and not too cramped. I enjoy the small classes and an overall friendly, calming and inviting environment at the studio."

"Yoga calmed my mind and made my body strong and flexible. Physically I am more fit than ever in my life, and my mind is calmer."

"The space is clean and bright, all the teachers are welcoming and friendly."

"Yoga Springs Studio is warm, inviting and peaceful. The class options are developed for all kinds of lifestyles and work/family obligations. I will continue my life long practice at Yoga Springs; a community of yogis that are welcoming and accepting of all levels."

YS Swimmers in top five at State Meet

According to a report in the Springfield News-Sun Saturday, YSHS junior Erica Chick was third in the 500 free (5:03.60) and fifth in the 200 free (1:53.34) and junior Elizabeth Malone came in fourth in the 100 fly (57.41) at the State Championships in Canton Ohio on Friday.

Springfield News-Sun: State Swimming

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Local filmmakers get notice for early effort

1971 Film by Klein & Reichert mentioned on Gawker/Jezebel

"Growing Up Female" by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein is widely considered to be the first film of the modern women's movement, according to

View the first five minutes of the film here.

Community visioning - Russian style!

The Yellow Springs Players will present Anton Chekhov's play The Cherry Orchard. This abridged production of the classic play will be performed on April 8th and 9th and April 15th and 16th at 7:00 in the 1st Presbyterian Church. Box office proceeds will be used to help create a performance arts space in the 1st Presbyterian Church's community hall. In particular, raising funds to install sound baffles on the ceiling and walls to improve the acoustic quality of the space. Support the effort to bring back community theater to Yellow Springs.

Ticket prices are $10 with additional donations welcomed.


Tecumseh Land Trust Executive Director, Krista Magaw, will be interviewed on Jerry Kenney’s WYSO 91.3 FM Sunday morning show. She will discuss some of TLT’s local food activities including Monday’s Market Maker Seminar. Market Maker is an Internet site that connects restaurants, food service, vendors and local farmers. She will also be discussing FOOD POWER – Greater Dayton Area Local Foods Summit. The Summit will bring together stakeholders in local foods from around the Miami Valley .

The show will be aired on Sunday February 27, at 10:30 a.m. on WYSO 91.3 FM.

Yellow Springer is four star general

Edward A. Rice, Jr. who grew up in the village and graduated from Yellow Springs High School before going to the the Air Force Academy was recently made a four star general, the Springfield News-Sun reported, Thursday.

Springfield News-Sun: Yellow Springs grad, general, gets fourth star

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bench to Nowhere: Soft and warm and fuzzy...

A Cool Town Toon

WYSO Spring Membership Drive

Monday, February 28th - Sunday March 6th

WYSO's Spring Membership Drive is next week.
Have you thought about volunteering?

Sign up now! We still have a few shifts with openings:

Monday February 28th
1:00 - 4:00 PM
4:00 - 7:00 PM
7:00 - 11:00 PM

Tuesday, March 1st
7:00 - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:00 - 4:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2nd
7:00 - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Thursday, March 3rd
7:00 - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:00 - 4:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Friday, March 4th
7:00 -10:00 AM

Saturday, March 5th
8:00 - 11:00 AM
2:00 -5:00 PM
5:00 - 8:00 PM
8:00 PM - Midnight

Sunday, March 6th
6:30 -10:00 AM

If you're available to answer phones and take pledges during WYSO's Spring Membership Drive, reply to this email or call 937.769.1334 to sign up for one of the shifts above. We're looking for one or two people for each shift. It's a great way to meet other listeners and help keep WYSO strong.

Hope to see you there,

Sarah Buckingham,

WYSO Public Radio

Future of Education Fim Series Kicks Off

Series starts Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. with a screening of "No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront the Achievement Gap"

All films to be shown for free at the Little Art

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Readings at Antioch, Sunday

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Experience Wellness Weekend, March 18-20

Keynote presentation by Dr. Wheaton highlights Yellow Springs Experience Wellness Weekend

Nourish your mind and body at the Experience Wellness Keynote Dinner Saturday March 19-- and nourish the Yellow Springs Arts Council at the same time. The keynote dinner, a major fundraiser for the Arts Council, features Dr. Sherry Wheaton, speaking about the mind-body connection.

Events on Saturday include five tracks of workshops, concluding with a festive healthy dinner and two additional opportunities to talk to Dr Wheaton. She will teach a small group session titled "Trusting the Messages of Your Body" at 4 pm, and appear with a special VIP group at 5:30. Tickets for these events as well as the dinner are available at A raffle of art and services to benefit the Yellow Springs Arts Council will also be held. All of the Saturday evening events will be at Antioch University Midwest.

Sherry Wheaton MD is a physician who enjoys exploring the cutting edge. She began practicing geriatric medicine in 1985 in the Dayton, OH area when very few understood the value of this field. Because of her commitment to education and self-responsibility in health care, she became a CBS on-the-air health reporter in 1992. After a life changing accident in 2000 (a dog attack), Sherry transitioned into the symbolic world of Jungian psychology, seeing modern medicine as a rapidly growing machine focused on eradicating the symptom while ignoring the deeper meaning. Because many of these symptoms have their roots in trauma, Sherry has recently completed the Trauma Resiliency Model training and has begun facilitating the modules. Sherry believes the 21st century healer must learn to listen to the messages of the body, not treat the body as something to be manipulated into submission. She believes the body has something important to say.

The Arts Council has planned an entire weekend of events, beginning Friday March 18 with an exhibit about healing art at the Arts Council’s home at 309 Xenia Avenue, which will also function as the welcome center for weekend patrons. Music, refreshment and special speakers will be featured before participants begin workshops. Workshops continue Saturday and Sunday at various locations in the Village. For more details, visit the Experience website, listed above, or call 937.532.6237.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bench to Nowhere: When duty calls

A Cool Town Toon

Community events calendar

One of the most common complaints from those who are actively involved in the community or who volunteer with one of our many nonprofits is the frequency with which important programs and events in the village conflict with one another. Last night was a case in point: The YS Schools and Antioch College had an important program on the future of education; Village Council had a rare Tuesday night meeting; and the Yellow Springs Community Foundation had a regularly scheduled board meeting. There were probably a couple other meetings that I am not aware of.

Whenever the topic comes up, someone usually laments the lack of a calendar of community events that can be posted to and consulted whenever an organization is planning an event. Someone else will usually reply that such a calendar is of no use, if people don't post their events to it.

The fact is that there is such a calendar and it is, indeed, underutilized. It resides on the Chamber of Commerce Website at I am writing this to remind folks that it is there and to encourage them to use it. To make it easy to access, I have included a link to it in the sidebar. Just click on it and you will be taken there.

You have no excuse if you schedule your event at a time when another event is already on the calendar.

Permaculture Workshop

Spring Pottery Classes at John Bryan Community Pottery

Ever think about learning to make pottery on the potters wheel. Spring is a great time to try something new. Registering for classes now.

Adult Class

Wheel Throwing | Erin Lambers

Tuesdays, 6:30-9 | March 15 - May 3 | Beginning/ Intermediate adults (8 Week Class)

$150 + $35 materials fee

Learn to make pottery on the potter's wheel! Beginners will learn to throw on the potter's wheel and create basic forms such as cups, mugs, bowls, and plates. Those with some experience will learn to add a few tricks to these pieces to create full, multi-step forms such as lidded and pouring forms and focus on functionality of the work. This class invites all levels of experience to expand skills with simple yet thorough techniques.

Children’s Class

Let the Sun Shine | Eve Sturm

Wednesdays 3:30-5 | March 30 - May 4 | K-6 (Six Week Class)

$115 + $30 materials fee

Let’s welcome Spring with plenty of Sunshine! In this six week class children will be exploring Sun Symbols from around the world and through the ages. The children will make wonderful decorative objects for both indoors and out... all honoring the fabulous Raj.

Register at or phone: 767-9022. More info at our website

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery Exhibition:

Spring Bursts Forth: Watercolors by Enid’s Painters
March 1 - 30, 2011

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery is showing “Spring Bursts Forth: Watercolors by Enid’s Painters” from March 1 – 30, 2011. This exuberant display of watercolor paintings reflects the joyful return of green to the land, the season of Spring. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Sunday, March 6th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

The Gallery is located in the Glen Helen Building at 405 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Show hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds supporting the Glen Helen Nature Preserve.

This group show includes paintings by 15 members of Enid’s Painters, a group of watercolor artists who have studied under well-known Springfield watercolor instructor Enid Willard. Willard has taught watercolor painting for 20 years, first through the Springfield Art Museum and now independently.

Several watercolorists regularly paint with Willard, learning and experimenting with new techniques, striving to improve artistic skills under her guidance. Many of her students are members of the Western Ohio Watercolor Society as well as the Fairborn Art Association. “Spring Bursts Forth” was organized by her students to honor their teacher and to thank her for inspiration. Enid will include a painting or two of her own in the show.

For more information call the Glen Helen Ecology Institute at 937.769.1902 or visit

About the Glen Helen Atrium Gallery:
The Glen Helen Atrium Gallery showcases the work of emerging local and regional visual artists in twelve exhibits each year. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of art goes to the Glen Helen Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support preservation and programs at Glen Helen and its 1,000-acre nature preserve.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Big day at the Winter Farmers Market

Taken at Winter Farmers Market in the basement of the Methodist Church on Saturday morning. (reader submitted)


It doesn’t take long for the locals to figure out that you never attempt parallel parking in front of the Wind’s, Dino’s, the Emporium, or the Sunrise Café unless you’re really good at it. Not only do those parking spaces put you directly under the “stuff” that comes off the pear trees, it puts you front and center as the entertainment for the patrons of those places with window seats.

You see a variety of parking styles and I’m sure they somehow fit the personality of the drivers. I admire folks who boldly charge headfirst into a parking space and then spend 5 minutes trying to jockey the car into position. Others wisely choose to parallel park only if there are at least two spaces. Even with the extra space, it’s still a challenge to avoid having a passenger door blocked by a trash can, a tree, a sign post or a snow bank. My favorite is the person trying to park in a space that is obviously too small. The twisting and turning and probably the teeth grinding can go on for what seems like forever as the traffic on Xenia Ave. backs up all the way to Glen St.

How did parking get so complicated? I think it has something to do with our declining math skills. When I started driving my dad had me cut out a 30/60 right triangle with a hypotenuse of about 5 inches and tape it to the dashboard. He told me to back into the space until the hypotenuse is parallel to the curb, then straighten the wheels and continue backing until the base of the triangle is perpendicular to the curb. If you don’t get basic geometry, you can’t park a car – seems simple enough to me.

The other day I explained this parking technique to my wife and at the same time demonstrated how smoothly and easily I could handle parallel parking in front of Tom’s. I finished with a big “Voila! What do you think of that?”

Her comment was, “It’s ok, I can walk the rest of the way to the curb.”

A. Reader

YS Schools/Antioch College Future of Education Series, tonight

The public is invited to come out to Antioch College tonight for the third event in our Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the Morgan Fellows of Antioch College & the Yellow Springs Schools. Dr. Michael Dantley will be speaking at Herndon Gallery (South Hall) tonight from 7-9. Dr. Dantley’s bio is below.

Michael Dantley is the associate provost, associate vice president for academic affairs, and professor of educational leadership at Miami University. When not serving in his administrative capacity, he is currently exploring new ways to conduct qualitative research on spirituality and leadership and the link between principals’ moral development and the ways principals define and demonstrate their commitment to social justice and critical instructional leadership. Dantley has been a teacher, principal and central office administrator in the Cincinnati Public Schools.

L O C A T I O N : Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College.

Related post: Future of Education Series kicks off

Monday, February 21, 2011

CJ's Fling

CJ's Friday Nite Fling 2 was another fun event. Good food and good music by Mack and the Rockets.

Saturday at Clifton Opera House

On Saturday night, Feb 26th come out and enjoy Greene County’s own Rob Heiliger with his Americana/Rockabilly flavor. Rob’s original lyrics and music have been influenced by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Howlin' Wolf, Don Rich, Roger Miller, Vern Gosdin, John Prine, Jimmy Martin, and Carter Stanley. You will be entertained!

His original "Walking' to Clifton" is always a treat. Rob is well known for his local performances as lead singer in the Ohio Corndaddy’s and as rhythm guitar and vocals with Crazy Joe and the Mad River Outlaws. Rob has longtime hosted the Open Mic Series at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs. Check out Rob on Face book, MySpace and his own website

The show starts at 7:30pm, box office opens at 6:30pm. The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton, 45316. Call for information 937.767.2343 or visit our website

Swimmers take three district titles

Chick and Malone move on to state meet

Yellow Springs junior Erika Chick won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 51.61 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:01.21 at the Div. II girls meet at Oxford, Saturday, the Springfield News-Sun reported. Junior Elizabeth Malone won the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.63 and finished sixth in the 200 IM in 2:10.04.

Springfield News-Sun: Yellow Springs wins three district swimming titles

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mardi Gras in the Village

Village Artisans kicked off an early Mardi Gras celebration on Friday evening, February 18, as part of Third Friday Fling. Artist-made masques and New Orleans-style food were part of the celebration along with a special try-one-on section for guests who wanted to disguise themselves as a dog, a cat or local artist Amy Achor.

Photos by Susan Gartner

Click here for more photos from Village Artisans.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Oscar night at the Little Art

Celebrate the Oscars at the Little Art Theatre
Academy Awards, Yellow Springs style - Feb.25-27

Oscar-nominated film to be screened

The Little Art Theatre in will be holding a weekend-long celebration of the 2011 Academy Awards culminating in “Jeans ’n’ Jammies: The Oscars at the Little Art” on Sunday, Feb. 27. The Oscar-nominated film, "The Illusionist," has been booked for the week. It is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film along with "Toy Story 3" and "How To Train Your Dragon." Over the weekend, wine will be served during the movies for $5.00 a glass. On Sunday, screening at the Little Art of the televised ceremonies from Hollywood will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by catered pre-parties at either the Arthur Morgan House or the home of Richard Lapedes and Maureen Lynch, both just a short walk from the theater. Partygoers will proceed to the red carpet at the Little Art in time to watch the Oscars on the big screen with wine (cash bar), popcorn and other treats. Prizes will be awarded for correctly predicting the winners in the major categories.

Admission to the Sunday evening party is $50, of which $40 is a tax deductible contribution to the nonprofit Little Art Theatre Association. Attendees are invited to come in their pajamas. But, if they are not comfortable with such relaxed attire in public, they may opt for wearing jeans. Prizes will be awarded in the “best jammies” category. Those who wear pajamas to the Friday or Saturday night movies will get a free popcorn.

The deadline for reservations is Feb. 23. The last Little Art fundraiser sold out early and, this time, seating is limited to 180, so early reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online at, or by mailing a check to the Little Art Theatre, 125 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, with names of guests and an e-mail address.

Food for the pre-Oscar parties will be provided by Wiley of the Meadowlark Restaurant.

The Little Art Theatre Association is grateful to the following sponsors:

Adoption Link
Jeff Wyler Auto Mall
Springs Motel

Robert A. Hunter, CPA
Larry Electric (Electric Service Company)
Security National Bank
Bruce Bradtmiller and Carol Cottom
Drs. Mark Duckwall and Erika Grushon

For more information about the event or how to purchase tickets, check the Little Art Website: or call Kipra Heermann at 937.767.0280.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Local bands featured in town this weekend

Slipstream will be playing at Peach's (in Yellow Springs) tomorrow (Saturday night) at 10 PM, followed by the The UnderCovered at Midnight.

Cover charge is $5.00.

For info on Peach's see:

Slipstream is Jeanne Ulrich, Steve Cheney, Tim Beach, Tim McLinden and Matthew Denman.

The UnderCovered will be at the Emporium wine-tasting tonight (Fri.) 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.

No cover.

Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Dinner

Chamber Director Karen Wintrow and Board President Jacki Mayer

The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting and Dinner at Antioch Midwest last night.

Winter Farmers Market still going strong

YS Methodist Church
Saturday – 9 a.m. until Noon

We still have people asking – “What is it?” It’s a smaller version of the King’s Yard summer market. Just to give you some idea of what’s available – last week you could find kale, lettuce, bread, muffins, cinnamon rolls, chicken, lamb, sausage, soaps, handmade brooms, jellies, quilt work, kombucha tea, bees wax and more. Coming soon, fresh maple syrup from Flying Mouse Farms.

And now, Brother Bear is on hand with hot coffee and you might even find a banjo or an accordion player on some market days. It’s fun and you’re sure to see neighbors and friends. Thanks – the market committee.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mardi Gras at Village Artisans this Friday

Felt Art Face by Nancy Mellon

February is cooold but you'll warm up fast when you come party with the Village Artisans from 6-9 p.m. on February 18th, Third Friday in Yellow Springs. We are celebrating Mardi Gras with artist-made masques and great food and wine. Join us for a joy-filled evening of fun.

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery Exhibition

"Entropy and Reclamation: The Art of Tom Watson III"

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery is showing “Entropy & Reclamation: The Art of Tom Watson III” from February 2 – 28, 2011. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, February 18th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

The Gallery is located in the Glen Helen Building at 405 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Show hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Artwork will be available for purchase.

The exhibit showcases Watson’s work over the last few years and includes part of his screenprint/mixed media series, Stem/ReAssemblage. Looking at Watson’s brilliant, expressive assemblages you might never realize that they were born of a tragic event. In 2005, Watson suffered a massive brain stem stroke that left him seriously disabled. It was his passion for art that saved him. “While relearning how to write and regaining my fine motor skills, my artwork became a cathartic outlet to help me deal with the emotional turmoil and depression resultant from such a traumatic and life-changing experience.”

Watson’s recent work reflects outwardly the internal transformation that occurred during his physical recovery. While his mind learned to reconnect broken synapses, Watson destroyed and reassembled materials salvaged from earlier silkscreen projects to create a new body of art with a cohesive design.

In the cold, gray days of February this show is a welcome celebration of physical and creative rebirth.

For more information call the Glen Helen Ecology Institute at 937.769.1902 or visit

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Save the date - Tuesday, March 8

The annual joint McKinney, YSHS and Community Band concert will be held on Tuesday, March 8 in the YSHS gym. The program starts at 7:00 p.m.

This is a correction of a date that was previously posted on this blog.

Back Story: A touch of pathos

We had an appointment scheduled with the vet, yesterday, for the dog to get her latest round of shots. On Saturday, the pup came up a bit lame in her right rear leg. It was hardly perceptible at first, but with careful scrutiny, we came to the conclusion that it was so. She had been playing hard at Frisbee and there was still quite a bit of ice and snow in the backyard, so we figured she might have pulled or strained something.

Even though she continued to favor that leg, at times she appeared to walk normally. And running was no problem. I palpated every part of her leg and she showed no signs of pain. In the afternoon she played more Frisbee and, on Sunday, she was dropped off at cousin dog's house to be babysat for five or six hours while we went to Columbus. The two dogs mud-wrestled in our daughter's backyard most of the time we were gone. That evening, after a long nap, the pooch was limping pretty badly. Fortunately, we had that appointment with the vet already set up.

On Monday, she seemed to be walking pretty good. I had to look real hard to see that there was still something wrong. That afternoon, I mentioned it to Dr. Tina and she had me walk Suki for her. I couldn't see anything, but she picked up on it right away. She felt all over her leg, as I had, and thought she felt something on the knee. X-rays showed nothing unusual.

"No Frisbee, no running, no up or down steps for three weeks," the doctor said.

The timing couldn't be worse. After being cooped up all winter and virtually all her life, the poor dog was just learning the joys of Frisbee and starting to brave going down the flight of stairs from our deck to the backyard in the recent spate of good weather.

To complicate matters, she is scheduled for her spaying procedure in four weeks, after which she will be required to wear one of those special collars for 11-14 days to keep her from licking her stitches.

She went out to take care of the chickens with me this morning. Not running was not an option. Now, she is limping again. Poor, pathetic pooch!

Little Art to show nominated film on Oscar night

Celebrate the Oscars at the Little Art Theatre
Academy Awards, Yellow Springs style - Feb. 25-27

"The Illusionist" has been booked for the week of the Oscars – 2/25-3/3/2011. It is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film along with "Toy Story 3" and "How To Train Your Dragon."

The movie will be shown as a part of “Jeans ’n’ Jammies: The Oscars at the Little Art” on Sunday, Feb. 27.

To learn more, check out this related post: Oscar night at the Little Art.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Awww Shucks..!

Bench to Nowhere: The biological consequences

A Cool Town Toon

News from WYSO


It's that time of year again. Spring Fund Drive is Monday February 28th through Sunday March 6th. That's right, only six days!


At WYSO, we believe that stories can change lives. We believe that music can inspire. And we believe that you are making the world a better place:

Superhero moms, dads and kids, teachers, artists, scientists, business owners, farmers, poets, and dreamers - All bringing innovation and renewal to the Miami Valley. Those are the stories we tell every day on WYSO. We do it (as you know) with the help of listeners.

You've probably heard that five percent of our listeners are contributing members. We think that number could be ten percent.

It's a big difference to us and it's a difference you'll be able to hear.

Your news, your music, your stories - every day on WYSO.

Help us get to ten percent - join WYSO and believe.


You wouldn't know it to look outside, but Spring is just around the corner. And WYSO's Spring Fund Drive starts Monday, February 28th.

We need your help to make the 2011 Spring Fund Drive a huge success!

If you can volunteer to answer phones for a few hours between February 28th and March 6th please call Sarah Buckingham at (937) 769-1334 or simply reply to this email.


Your tax deductible donation to WYSO does double duty if you offer your gift as a matching grant.

To make a matching grant contact Jacki Mayer at (937) 769-1388, or email and double your money!

Thanks for supporting your public radio station,
From all of us at WYSO

YS Girls win at swim sectionals

Two will be top seeds at district meet

Yellow Springs’ Elizabeth Malone and Erika Chick won high school sectional championships Saturday and will be top seeds at next week’s district meet, the Springfield News-Sun reported yesterday.

Malone won the 100 butterfly (59.43). Malone also qualified in the 200 medley relay. Chick placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:57.27), and was second in the 500 free (5:17.34).

Springfield News-Sun: Prep Swimming: Shawnee’s Crew, Bulldogs’ duo earn sectional titles

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Next Saturday at Clifton Opera House

Get your boots ready for scootin', the North River Band is coming back to the Clifton Opera House on February 19th! How to describe them? "Old country style" with an occasional bluegrassy, rockabilly, or old rock and roll tune thrown in to keep your toes tapping.

Clifton's own Michael Smith has been playing acoustic music since the '80's. His early days were filled with bluegrass and country with his "Honeycreek Bluegrass Band". These days his influences include Johnny Cash, Ian Tyson, John Prine, Doc Watson, Tom Russell, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and he'll still do some bluegrass if requested, just ask!

The North River Band was formed to entertain you at 2009's Old Clifton Days' festival. Michael's backed up by Dan Meyers on the bass, Robert Conoway on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Izzie Beegle on the violin. This talented bunch of musicians will have you rockin'! Check their website for their performance schedule: The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton. The Box office opens at 6:30pm, concert at 7:30pm. Door donation $7.00 Contact 937)767-2343 for more information or visit the website

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Employment opportunity

Antioch Writers’ Workshop Position Opening

TITLE: Communications Coordinator

REPORTS TO: Director, Antioch Writers’ Workshop

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: Responsible for supporting the Director of Antioch Writers’ Workshop in creating, updating and sending marketing communications materials to potential participants. Assists Director with some logistics of organizing workshop details.

SCOPE: Part-time (about 25-30 hours per month)

For more information contact:
Sharon Short, Director
Antioch Writers' Workshop
c/o Antioch University Midwest
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Friday, February 11, 2011

McKinney Farewell postponed

The Farewell Reception for Alice McKinney scheduled for Tues., Feb. 20 at 4:00 pm at the Glen Helen Building has been postponed due to an illness in her family.


Destination YS

Spend a Sweet Weekend in the Springs!

Shopping, Dining, Exploring

Nearly 100 shops, galleries & restaurants within 2 miles;

over 65 right in our lovely, walk-able downtown.

Glen Helen with miles of lovely trails & the Yellow Spring.

The Little Miami Scenic Trail for safe & scenic bike rides.

If it's a romantic weekend getaway with that special someone your looking for- either in the heart of down town or the edge of the woods-we have the perfect place to stay-Click Here

Or a girl's day of shopping, good food and fun...

Have breakfast, Young's and check out the Winter Farmer's market at the Yellow Springs Methodist Church (202 S. Winter st).

Shop at our unique downtown shops. Treat your sweetie or yourself something special! Step into Eden World for a relaxing treatment!

Reiki, Sound Healing, & Massage are to be offered this weekend! Saturday & Sunday from 12-5pm.

Dine at any of our excellent restaurants from casual pub fare to fine dining Restaurant List

In the evening, take in a movie at the Little Art Theatre, go for a drink and take in some music at The Tavern or check out Sunrise's Martini Lounge.

Rocky & Pee Wee: Striking it rich

Back Story: Who doesn't like snow..?

"Don't be afraid to let her out in the cold and snow," the vet said at our last visit. "Heelers are a hearty breed."

And this is true. Suki has known virtually nothing of the outdoors in her lifetime, but snow and ice, and freezing temperatures. It never seems to bother her, but for yesterday when it was below zero and I noticed that she appeared to be having trouble with her rear paws. She was trying to lift them off the snow. She hadn't been out very long, but I decided to bring her back into the kitchen, where we bathed her feet in lukewarm water. She was happy to be inside and, of course, basked in the attention.

But most days, she loves to romp on the deck or out in the yard, even when it's so icy she slides all over the place. She is developing a wonderful sense of balance out of all this. She rarely gets to a place where there is some traction. Even in the house, we keep her in the kitchen, away from the temptations of the carpet.

Save the date

Glen Helen Earth Day 5k Run/Walk
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Race, Run, Walk, but don’t miss our first annual 5K! All ages and abilities welcome for this Earth Day fun-raiser. The morning kicks off at 8:45am with a free youth race—all finishers will receive a native sapling. The 5k run begins at 9am, winding through the Glen Helen Nature Preserve and finishing with an award ceremony with chili and cookies by the Outdoor Education Center. Pre-register online for $20 at Race day registration opens at 7am for $25. More info at

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Video Valentine

Fresh from the Yellow Springs Short Film Festival, Jo Caputo's documentary about her mother's love letters: "Letters From Frank."

Free Wet Felting Workshop

Make a felted cat toy, Feb 13

Free introduction to wet felting

Felt alpaca fleece around a jingle bell makes a delightful plaything for you or your friend’s feline companion. This is a wet felting technique.

Entwinements Sundyes

Sunday, February 13, 1-5pm

For info or registration call Karren K. Brito at 937.767.8961

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

At the Library - Next Thursday

Watch the trailer.

Public Works Announcement

Ice Storm Cleanup

Due to the unusually high volume of tree damage caused by the ice storm, the Village Public Works crew will assist in the clean-up of private residences by collecting brush and limbs. Please take the brush to the curb in pieces that seem manageable for collection.

Due to the current wintery conditions, the Village will begin collecting on Monday, February 14th and continue for 30 days. Any brush not placed at the curb by March 14th will be the homeowner’s responsibility to dispose.

For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 937/767-3402.

Greene Environmental Coalition meeting on drilling

There will be a Public Meeting to discuss potential
Gas and Oil Drilling in our area
on Saturday, February 12 at 2pm
in the Glen Helen Building.
We will provide recent updates and discuss plans and strategies.
Please plan to attend and bring your ideas!
Yard signs will be available ($5 suggested donation).
Hope to see you there....please spread the word.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

YSHS Senior Project raises funds for Drama Club

Musical Review/Raffle Saturday was YS High School senior project of Lauren Westendorf and Donovan Berends

Thanks to raffle donations from many area businesses, the efforts of over 20 high school students who performed and worked on tech crews, and the amazing support from the audience and community, Lauren and Donovan were able to raise over $900 for the YS High School Drama Club.

Submitted photos

In case you missed it

Yesterday afternoon's interview with local author Ralph Keyes on "All Things Considered" can heard here.

Scene Around Town

"Snowhenge" by local snow sculptor, Rohn, can be viewed in front of Springs Motel on Rte. 68.

(Reader submitted)

Rejects Anniversary Show at Clifton Opera House

Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Hold on to your hat! The Rejects are coming back to Clifton. This wild and zany band will keep you laughing and singing along. The Rejects are a 6 member rock-n-roll band that entertains audiences of all ages with their music and comedy. The band often uses the kazoo as a means of involving the audience. Remember as a kid how much you loved Saturday morning cartoons? That's the feeling you get at a Reject concert. Be a kid again. Saturday, February 12th, 7:30 p.m. at the Clifton Opera House. They will be introducing their long awaited newest CD at their performance on Saturday, Feb 12th. Get your copy before they are sold out. Experience the Rejects!!

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 South Clay Street, Clifton. The box office opens at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:30. Door donation $7.00 The Opera House is owned and operated by the Village of Clifton as a not for profit fund raiser.

Free workshop for writers, Sunday

“Second Sunday Free Writers’ Workshop” on February 13 Features Author Heather Webber

Antioch Writers’ Workshop and Books & Co are offering the next free Second Sunday Free Writers’ Workshop on February 13, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Books & Co at The Greene.

The February speaker will be Heather Webber, local author of the Nina Quinn and Lucy Valentine series, which combine mystery, romance, and paranormal genres. Her topic is "Put Love in Your Writing—in Any Genre." If you want to weave relationships and romance into your fiction, this program is for YOU. Bring writing materials/laptop for notetaking and plenty of questions! Light refreshments will be served. You don’t need a reservation, but it would help with planning if you would call in your intention to attend to Books & Co at The Greene at 937.429.6302.

For more information about Antioch Writers’ Workshop or the Second Sunday Free Writers’ Workshop, visit or email

The Antioch Writers’ Workshop will be held July 9-15, 2011 in partnership with Antioch University Midwest and with support from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; The Frank Pace, Jr. Foundation; and WYSO (media sponsor).

Monday, February 7, 2011

Senior Project Art Exhibit at Emporium

On Saturday evening, Feb. 5, YSHS seniors Melanie Rudolf (with mic) and Sadie Rehm welcomed guests to their senior project art show opening reception at Emporium Wines/Underdog Cafe with entertainment provided by Wheels. The exhibit includes work by student artists Sam Lovering, Gabe Amrhein, Savannah Amos, Philip Kellogg, Melanie and Lilli Rudolf and Sadie Rehm. All proceeds from artwork and donations will benefit Nuevo Paraiso orphanage in Honduras, where Sadie volunteered last summer. Over $300 was collected Saturday night. The exhibit will be displayed through the month of February.

Photos by Susan Gartner

Film Fest at Little Art a big success

by Susan Gartner

Greg Nichols (far right) with the cast of “Paranormal Demon Killers” (1st place Audience Favorite winner)

Joanne Caputo (“Letters from Frank” – 2nd place Audience Favorite winner)

Gregory Tyler (“Astronuts” – 3rd place Audience Favorite winner)

The 2nd Annual YS Short Film Fest was presented Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5 & 6, at the Little Art Theatre. Fourteen short films showcased the best of local filmmaking talent with proceeds going to the Little Art Theatre.

The Fest opened with an introduction by Little Art Executive Director Jenny Cowperthwaite who paused for a moment to take a photo of the audience applauding for Fest creator Vanessa Query. Vanessa coordinated the event from her new home in Rhode Island as she awaits the birth of her first child.

A short from Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert was then presented, acknowledging the value and significance of the Little Art Theatre. A video short also ran during intermission which was shot, collected and compiled by Vanessa with music by Carl Schumacher Band.

A big thanks goes out to fest sponsors Sunrise Café, The Winds Café, and Yellow Springs News. Special thanks to the filmmakers, point-man Joshua Zinger, Margaret Hawley Morgan, Barbara Boettcher, Laura Carlson, Roger and Macy Reynolds and all the volunteers and participants who helped to make the event a big success.

Photos by Susan Gartner and Tom Osborne

Click here for more photos from the Film Fest.